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Old 11-12-2019, 10:54 PM   #1
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Fish kill question

I know these strong cold fronts are a normal seasonal occurrence. But for all you older salts out there that have seen some stuff over the years, what exactly needs to happen for a fish kill to occur from changing water temps? Water was 70 degrees when the front rolled in last night. Willing to bet with the blistering winds and icy temps arriving, that water temps will drop drastically. I’m guessing 20 degrees cooler, possible more in some areas. I know fish will move deeper to survive, but how fast is too fast for these speckled trout to be in danger?
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Old 11-12-2019, 11:46 PM   #2
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This is nuthin.

Specks start to die when the water temp is 36 degrees or so. They can go deep to stay out of it. It has to either stay low for a long time....or arctic hit so fast they cant get out of the back lakes in time.

This lil blast ain't near about any danger.
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Will it be cold enough, long enough?


https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/st...tml?id=8773701
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Good to know. I saw some fish die a few years ago when I lived in Galveston. Saw some dead tarpon after a freeze in the diversionary canal. But no trout. Believe I read some reports of trout being found dead though. I believe this front will basically push these fish out of fall transitional patterns and they will begin their winter time patterns.
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This cold snap will help in the long run this winter to protect against fish kills. Fish will have more time to adapt to colder water and hang near deeper water, as long as we dont see a huge warm up with water temps in the 70s they will be able to adjust to colder than normal temps.
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Old 11-13-2019, 09:08 AM   #6
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Don't worry about a fish kill from freezing temps. Global warming has eliminated any risk of that ever happening again.
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Lowest I’ve seen this morning is 44 degrees at POC. Galveston Railroad Bridge and Eagle point are right around 50 degrees. Deeper spots like Freeport Channel and Galveston Pier 21 are in the low 60s.

We’ve had way worse cold in the past, but this is early in the season for a cold snap such as it is. Wind is already going into the East and the sun will warm up the shallow water. I doubt even the snook are having any problems if they are in any depth let alone any trout.
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Also, if the gulf temps can cool off it will make for better flounder recruitment.
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I know these strong cold fronts are a normal seasonal occurrence. But for all you older salts out there that have seen some stuff over the years, what exactly needs to happen for a fish kill to occur from changing water temps? Water was 70 degrees when the front rolled in last night. Willing to bet with the blistering winds and icy temps arriving, that water temps will drop drastically. I’m guessing 20 degrees cooler, possible more in some areas. I know fish will move deeper to survive, but how fast is too fast for these speckled trout to be in danger?
Water was 70 degrees? Don't know where you found that water temp. On Moday Nov 11 water was anywhere from 59-63 in Galveston Bay. Fish have already moved into their normal Winter grounds. It will take a major cold spell, with temps below freezing for 24-48 hours to create major harm.
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tarpon freezing for extended period of time

the atmospheric temperature must drop below freezing and stay there for several days to a week, for us to have a fish kill. we aren't even thinking about getting close to this.
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